Tenn. court rules for man misled about paternity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a man who was misled into thinking he had fathered a son and ordered that he be awarded more than $25,000 for child support, medical expenses and insurance premiums he had paid.

In a unanimous ruling published Monday, the court said Tennessee law allows a former spouse to pursue a fraud claim against a mother who misrepresented the identity of a child's biological father.

The case stemmed from a Maury County lawsuit filed in 2008 by Chadwick Craig against his ex-wife, Tina Marie Hodge.

Craig sued when paternity tests showed he wasn't the father of Hodge's teenage son.

The Supreme Court ruling overturns an appellate court decision that found refunding the support to Craig wasn't allowed under state law.

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